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RRC students sweep competition

RED River College students have practically swept a national marketing competition.

The RRC student teams claimed prizes of first, second, fourth, fifth and sixth in the competition.

The competition, sponsored by the Muttart Foundation and Imagine Canada, asked post-secondary student teams from across the country to design a public-awareness campaign about the charitable sector's impact on our quality of life.

The first-prize team -- Emily Doer, Courtney Brecht and Corinne Rikkelmann from RRC's Creative Communications program -- earned $50,000 in prize money, with the other four teams sharing $40,000.

The RRC sweep was interrupted by a team from the University of Victoria, who earned $10,000 for their third-place finish.

Videos of the winning campaigns can be viewed at:


Police seek robbery suspects

POLICE are on the hunt for three suspects after a robbery in the North Point Douglas area over the weekend.

At approximately 3 a.m. Saturday, police responded to a call at Machray Avenue and Parr Street after three youths on bicycles approached a man and allegedly pulled out a gun.

The 40-year-old victim was robbed of an undisclosed amount of cash. He was not injured.

The suspects are described as aboriginal in appearance with skinny builds and from 15 to 17 years old. Two of the suspects are believed to be about 5-9, with the other being about 5-6.

Anyone with information regarding this matter is asked to contact investigators at 204-986-2848 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).


Cultural-centre dream lives on

THE dream of an African cultural centre is alive for at least another two years.

The city's downtown development, heritage and riverbank management committee decided Monday to allow a gravel parking lot at 370 Hargrave St. to remain for two more years while the African-Canadian Foundation seeks public- and private-sector funding.

The parking lot had been in violation of city bylaws, which force downtown parking lots to be paved and have adequate drainage, lighting and landscaping.

Coun. Mike Pagtakhan (Point Douglas), chairman of the committee, said he wishes the group the best of luck.

"They felt passionately that they could secure the required funding with two additional years, and so we extended an olive branch to help them," Pagtakhan said. "At the end of the day, a new cultural centre on the site would be a very welcome addition to the area."

Pagtakhan also hopes businessman Arni Thorsteinson, the owner of the land, might help the group as well.

"Perhaps he could find a way to gift the land to the African cultural centre."

The site is where the Young Men's Hebrew Association used to be on the west side of Hargrave Street between Ellice and Qu'Appelle avenues.


Red River Ex attendance drops

THE final numbers are in for the 2013 Red River Ex and, as expected, they came in a little low.

Winnipeg's annual exhibition of carnival rides and concerts drew 175,971 paid customers through the turnstiles this year, a sharp decrease from the 214,599 that visited in 2012.

The main reason for the 18 per cent decrease in attendance: rain.

"The weather was just atrocious, even to the point where we had to close early on Sunday for safety reasons," said Red River Ex CEO Garth Rogerson. "It was really coming down and the rides were getting flooded, so we closed at 10 o'clock. That was pretty indicative of how the whole year went for us."

Rogerson said the 10-day event never really seemed to get on track, as rain washed away crowds through the opening weekend and they were in competition with high-profile events such as UFC 161 and the Taylor Swift concert.

The record for attendance at the Ex is 223,183 paid visitors, set in 2011.

Rogerson didn't have an update on the teenage boy who fell from a roller-coaster Thursday evening. The boy, 16, was hit by the ride when he tried to retrieve his cap on the tracks and was taken to hospital in critical condition.


Rainbow centre going global

THE Rainbow Resource Centre is going global.

The Winnipeg organization has voted to modify its mission statement to support LGBTT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirited) refugees, refugee applicants and asylum-seekers.

The changes to the bylaw were effective Thursday, also known as World Refugee Day.

"Things are getting better here in Canada and North America, but there is a global risk," said Chad Smith, executive director of the centre, which is a non-profit organization in Winnipeg that strives toward equality, dedicated to the elimination of discrimination and homophobia.

"In seven countries it's OK to execute someone who is gay or lesbian," he said. "LGBTT rights are human rights, and in Canada we have a lot of privileges to help with global LGBTT rights."

The centre is working with Reaching Out Winnipeg, a non-profit organization that helps people in other countries who are faced with persecution based on their sexual orientation. Reaching Out Winnipeg is part of Groups of Five, a project of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, in which a group of five Canadian citizens agrees to sponsor a refugee for the next year to come to live in Canada, providing refugees both financial and emotional support.

-- staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 25, 2013 B3

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